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COVID-19: DSA calls for spectrum management actions to enable critical broadband services

DSA recommends swift and streamlined regulatory actions in using ICT for the prevention, preparedness and response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

DSA recommends that National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) employ accelerated and streamlined processes to make necessary spectrum available that is already evaluated for broadband service and wireless backhaul. Access to this spectrum on a nation-wide basis will enable critical applications and services, especially for emergency communications and broadband access that supports tele-medicine, tele-work, distance education, and online commerce. These crucial services rely on sufficient spectrum during the pandemic time when tens of millions of people must stay at home.

NRAs should focus on digitally divided communities who stand to lose out the most during this crisis, including rural and remote areas, and also support smaller providers that serve these communities with access to shared and unlicensed spectrum. To enable broadband deployment and forward-looking preventive spectrum policies, a combination of spectrum bands should be made available free of charge, under a license-exempt access scheme like Wi-Fi, or via a dynamic spectrum access model such as TV White Space, self-coordinated light licensing such as E-Band, or tiered spectrum sharing models. Taking this action will help to facilitate terrestrial and non-terrestrial emergency communications and affordable broadband access for those that are vulnerable and otherwise isolated.

DSA also calls for coordinated regulatory actions across ITU regions and sub-regions on topics such as frequency coordination, flexible use, simplified type-approval process, equipment import/export and interconnection.

Press Releases

4 May 2021 | Wi-Fi 6E in Peru: DSA celebrates MTC’s decision to enable unlicensed access to the 6 GHz band, bringing benefits for Peruvians and the economy

Ministerial resolution 373-2021-MTC/01 and Vice Ministerial resolution N° 162-2021-MTC/03 adopted by the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Peru (MTC), published last Friday established important measures to improve connectivity in the country. “Highlighted was the possibility of accessing 1200 MHz of spectrum in the 5925-7125 MHz band for Wi-Fi 6E, which will benefit millions of Peruvians and additionally will boost the country’s economy”, said Martha Suarez, President of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA).

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26 April 2021 | ITU’s Mario Maniewicz and ANATEL President Leonardo Euler to speak at the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has today announced that representatives from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the National Telecommunications Agency in Brazil (ANATEL) will be speaking at its upcoming Global Summit, the premier event for spectrum policy and management.

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31 March 2021 | Saudi Arabia’s plans for licence exempt 6 GHz access and spectrum sharing to foster innovation and digital empowerment, praises Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)’s decision to open the complete 5925-7125 MHz band (6 GHz band) for unlicensed access, will foster innovation and provide last-generation connectivity and digital empowerment in the Kingdom, says Martha Suarez, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) President.

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18 March 2021 | Dynamic Spectrum Alliance to highlight spectrum sharing success at the 2021 Global Summit

The 2021 DSA Global Summit will shine a light on key spectrum sharing successes over the last year and look forward to the future of dynamic spectrum sharing.

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4 March 2021 | Brazil’s decision to provide unlicensed access to 6GHz will return billions to economy, praises Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

ANATEL’s decision to open the complete 5925-7124 MHz band (6 GHz band) for unlicensed access, marks a significant milestone towards unlocking $163.5 billion to the Brazil economy, says Martha Suarez, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) President.

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3 February 2021 | 6 GHz unlicensed access and Wi-Fi 6E to add billions to Colombia and Mexico economies, reveals Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Over the next 10 years, the Colombian and Mexican economies could benefit if they decide to enable unlicensed access to the 5925-7125 MHz band, according to studies published by the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) and Telecom Advisory Services LLC (TAS). The two new studies, titled “Assessing the economic value of unlicensed use in the 6 GHz band in Mexico” and “Assessing the economic value of unlicensed use in the 6 GHz band in Colombia”, were conducted by Dr. Raul Katz and Fernando Callorda, leading scholars of economics and telecommunications policy…

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Newsletters

March 2021 | DSA Newsletter

In this issue… Martha Suarez  provides an update on upcoming DSA event partnerships, recent DSA publications, and other member news.

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Q4 2020 | DSA Newsletter

In this issue… Martha Suarez recaps the DSA’s 2020 Global Summit and year end activities.

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Q3 2020 | DSA Newsletter

In this issue… Martha Suarez reviews a recent DSA Regulatory Comment Filings, gives an update on the 2020 DSA Summit, and other member news.

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Q1 2020 | DSA Newsletter

In this issue… Martha Suarez provides a update on the DSA Summit, recent member news and project updates, and announces webinar series with Senza Fili.

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Q4 2019 | DSA Newsletter

In this issue… Martha Suarez provides a recap of the WRC-19, the DSA’s recent regulatory filings, and updates on the Alliance’s collaboration with CITEL and ATU.

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Q3 2019 | DSA Newsletter

In this issue… Martha Suarez  provides a recap of the 2020 Global Summit,  recent DSA activities, and other member news.

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DSA in the News

30 April 2021 | Peru destina faixa de 6 GHz para o WiFi

País segue exemplo brasileiro e determina uso de toda a faixa em caráter secundário para uso indoor, com características técnicas semelhantes às adotadas aqui
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December 2020 | The TV White Space (TVWS) Ecosystem is Advancing to Unlock New Possibilities

In this article, we would like to cover the situation that we – among millions – are facing, as well as some of the most frequently asked questions among regulators regarding the TVWS ecosystem; how vast is it? How popular is the technology? What developments are being made? The answers are straightforward; the ecosystem keeps growing at a fast pace, the technology is vibrant and it keeps evolving, and its deployment is gaining traction at a rapid rate.
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29 September 2020 | Faixa de 6 GHz deve ser toda destinada ao WiFi 6E, argumentam especialistas

A destinação da faixa de 6 GHz (5,925-7,125 GHz) para o WiFi 6E já foi aprovada pela Anatel, mas ainda é necessário definir as condições de uso…

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29 September 2020 | Sandbox e gestão automática para mercado secundário são propostas para Anatel

Iniciativas com propostas de inovações regulatórias estão chegando à Anatel por necessidade do próprio mercado, como no caso do modelo de sandbox e de gestão automática para mercado secundário…

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15 June 2020 | Spectrum Alliance Pushes for 5.9 GHz for WiFi

Computer companies and cable operators (collectively the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, DSA), which backed the FCC’s decision to free up the lower 45 MHz of 5.9 GHz spectrum for WiFi, are pushing it to free up the other 30 MHz for WiFi as well.
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13 May 2020 | Spectrum management policies should not be a barrier to connectivity: Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

En entrevista con DPL News, Martha Suárez, presidenta de DSA, dijo que Wi-Fi 6 complementará las posibilidades de aplicación del ecosistema 5G para conectar a industrias y, sobre todo, a zonas rurales.
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DSA Statements

April 26, 2021 | Leave No One Behind: a people-centered approach to achieve meaningful connectivity

In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we need to accelerate concerted action at all levels to close the digital divide, especially the gender digital gap.
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April 23, 2020 | Dynamic Spectrum Alliance applauds Chairman Pai’s announcement on the 6GHz

We are delighted to hear about FCC Chairman’s commitment to the 6 GHz band announcing his intention to vote the Report & Order and FNPRM on April 23rd.
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DSA Member Press Releases and Articles

6 May, 2020 | Alphabet’s Loon gets partner in AT&T to extend global coverage

Alphabet-owned Loon will be able to respond more quickly and effectively to disasters worldwide thanks to a new partnership with AT&T.

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April, 2020 | Adaptrum: Libraries closed, Wi-Fi Open!

Seven million K-12 students and ten’s of millions of families lack home broadband access in the US. To reach the underserved during a global pandemic when the digital divide is wider, Gigabit Library Network are taking action to extend library connectivity beyond its walls.

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20 April, 2020 |Loon’s internet balloons approved to fly in Kenya

Loon, the Alphabet company working to bring balloon-powered Internet to Kenya with its local partner, Telkom Kenya, announce the reception of all regulatory and Cabinet approvals to begin flying balloons in Kenya.

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15 April, 2020 |Microsoft Airband Partners take steps to address current global crisis

Microsoft Airband partners are taking steps to provide essential broadband services and support the rural communities that they serve.

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28 January, 2020 | FCC Certifies CommScope SAS for Full Commercial Deployment

CommScope’s wide CBRS portfolio is open for business, enabling fixed wireless access, small cell and in-building wireless, neutral host networks, and private LTE.

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20 July, 2020 | Assessing the Contribution of Connectivity Investments to the Development of Latin American Societies

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Latin America has made significant progress in internet connectivity—a very important driver of economic and social development—since telecommunications were liberalized in the 1990s. Nevertheless, Latin American citizens and businesses still face challenges related to current connectivity gaps and the readiness to compete in a global digital ecosystem. Facebook is intent on ensuring that citizens get high-quality internet at affordable prices by promoting several connectivity programs with the aim of “bringing more people online to a faster internet.”

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Beneficiaries of Dynamic Spectrum Technologies

Profiles of some of the educational institutions, communities and organizations that have benefited from TV White Space pilots and programs supported by DSA members.

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